No More Fracking Lies! Protest

Wednesday, Nov. 12th 

fracking rally

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of NY (IOGA) is the chief oil and gas lobbying organization in New York, spending millions to back fracking and natural gas development in the state and oppose environmental safe-guards. IOGA will be holding their 2014 Annual Meeting in Buffalo from November 11th to 12th.  This year the keynote speaker is Jack Hubbard who will lecture on “Big Green Radicals: Winning Public Opinion, Undermining the Activist’s Credibility and Changing the Debate.” Jack Hubbard works for a Washington D.C. law firm Berman & Co, who specializes in undermining the work of environmentalists. Their PR effort is entitled “Big Green Radicals.”  We will give them a good Buffalo greeting.  View the event on Facebook here.

Last Friday the NY Times published a secretly recorded talk given by Hubbard’s colleague, Richard Berman. Besides being anti-environment, Berman is strongly anti-union. They have also directly targeted Food & Water Watch by name.
The transcript of his talk is here: Berman Talk
The NY Times article is here.

Cosponsors: WNY Peace Center, Sierra Club Niagara Group, Western NY Drilling Defense, Food & Water Watch, and the New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition.


30 people showed up for the very chilly Wednesday 4 PM demo in front of the Hyatt hotel in downtown Buffalo. The media failed to show up having more pressing news stories to cover than the story of independent oil and gas  companies assaulting the environment, endangering human lives and the story of their support of Washington lawyers who call well-respected environmental organizations “radical”.

We stayed for an hour, several gave speeches on the evils of fracking including Rita Yelda from Food and Water Watch, Lynda Schneekloth and Bob Ciesielski from the Sierra Club-Niagara Group, John Washington representing the Local Economic Empowerment Task Force and Charley Bowman from the Renewable Energy Task Force. Both task forces are part of the WNY Peace Center located in Buffalo NY.

The most poignant speaker was a newly minted Buffalo citizen from West Virginia. She wore a sign saying “I was fracked out of my house” — and spoke about how that “eviction” occurred. She lived there for 8 years and when the frackers showed up her well — and wells of many neighbors — went bad almost simultaneously. She decided to get out and sold her house for pennies on the dollar.

We do not know if the folks at New York Independent Oil and Gas Association (NYIOGA) knew of the demo, but one person wearing a suit and claiming knowledge of hydrofracking issues — walked by and photographed some of the more photogenic demonstrators.

Many photos of the demo are posted on facebook:

Thanks to PAUSE for kick-starting the Buffalo demo.

Charley Bowman
Chair, Renewable Energy Task Force

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Monday, December 1, 2014 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM All invited – Niagara Sierra Club Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group monthly session The presenter will be Dave Majewski of  Premium Services, Inc. His topic will be mitigating climate change by pulling existing GHGs from the atmosphere.

Concepts explored will include soil restoration, carbon storage, agroforestry, photosynthesis, root biomass/fungi, farming practices, reduction in synthetics, removing the “moron principle’ (more-on = more-on = more-on…!) and habitat conservation and restoration. Go here to see a current article about David’s work.

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Global Frackdown

Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, Health and Climate Experts, Artists and 100 Buffalo Residents Rallied Against Fracking in Global Frackdown

Buffalo Community Calls on Governor Cuomo to Ban Fracking

BUFFALO, NY (Saturday, October 18) - Over 100 Buffalo residents, artists, and health and climate experts joined activists around the world to speak out against fracking as part of the Global Frackdown today in Bidwell Park. The Buffalo event was part of a worldwide day of action, with communities across the globe organizing rallies against fracking. Residents in Buffalo called for Governor Cuomo to protect their health and safety and enact a statewide ban on fracking. On Thursday, members of the Concerned Health Professionals of NY renewed their call for the governor to consider the growing body included in their Compendium of the scientific, medical, and media findings showing the risks and harms of fracking.

Last month the People’s Climate March in New York City prompted 400,000 people to demand solutions to climate change, which means stopping harmful practices such as fracking. In Buffalo, residents continued the call for investment in renewable energy toward Governor Cuomo instead of furthering fossil fuel development by allowing fracking. Saturday’s events included a morning rally with local experts discussing the growing body of evidence connecting fracking to harmful health outcomes, a community speak-out opposing fracking, and music and entertainment.

Rita Yelda of Food & Water Watch said, “The people of Buffalo are taking a stand against fracking and making their voices heard, as part of the growing opposition to fracking throughout New York. Like much of the state, we too demand that Governor Cuomo keep fracking out to protect public health, and instead focus on developing the renewable energy sources that will make our state a national and international model while giving New Yorkers a chance at a healthy future.”

“Andrew Cuomo can be remembered as the Governor who banned fracking, or as the Governor who poisoned our state. Science and New Yorkers are on the side of a ban; big money is on the side of fracking. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, ‘a nation that poisons it’s soil poisons itself,’” added Zephyr Teachout, Fordham Law Professor and noted activist.

“Fracking is an inherently dangerous practice that threatens to harm New York’s residents, industries and environment,” said Julia White of NYPIRG. “Students are here today to tell Governor Cuomo to do what’s best for our health, safety and communities and ban fracking.”

“The amount of evidence linking fracking to various lung and skin diseases and other health problems is alarming,” said Mary Herbst, RN and member of Concerned Health Professionals of NY. “As a nurse and New Yorker, I expect Governor Cuomo and all of New York’s elected officials to fulfill their responsibility to protect public health by keeping fracking out of our state.”

“Fracking would put those of us living upstate at considerable risk of increased air pollution and the contamination of both local water supplies and the Great Lakes,” said Lynda Schneekloth of the Sierra Club Niagara Group. “A statewide ban on fracking is the only way we can protect future generations of Buffalo residents and all New Yorkers from considerable harm as fracking has a broad range of negative environmental and health impacts on communities.”

“Governor Cuomo should focus on investing in sustainable, renewable energy sources here in New York,” said John Washington of PUSH Buffalo. “Bringing fracking to New York will forever threaten our natural resources and public health, while distracting us from a move towards a renewable energy future.”

Sponsors of the Global Frackdown in Buffalo included Sierra Club Niagara Group, PUSH Buffalo, NYPIRG at Buffalo State, Food & Water Watch, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Western NY Peace Center, Western NY Drilling Defense, Protecting Our Water Rights (POWR), and Nurse Rise – Nurses for Safe Water.

The Frackdown also featured music and performances by local artists opposed to fracking, including The Nickel City String Band, My Rap Name is Alex, Dave Harter, Tyler Wescott, and Active Hope.


The Global Frackdown will unite concerned citizens everywhere for a day of action to send a message to elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels. The journey to a renewable energy future will not be fueled by shale gas. Climate scientists warn that continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels will lead to catastrophic climate change.


Cosponsors include Sierra Club Niagara Group, PUSH Buffalo, NYPIRG at Buffalo State, Food & Water Watch, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Western NY Drilling Defense, and more!
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MAP Press Event!

Come to 389 Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo’s west side, on Tuesday, October 7th at 10:00 AM

Massachusetts Avenue Project, community garden, is holding a press event as they break ground for an new Farmhouse & Community Food Center. They are looking for your help and support! Go to for more information.


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hear a presentation on the Sierra Club’s “Turn, Don’t Burn” Wind Campaign

Jenn Tuttle, Organizer NYS Beyond Coal Campaign


  • The Blake Reeves to ARTVOICE, Geoff Kelly, Editor

Leadership in covering critical environmental issues such as fracking, renewable energy,

and water protection in Buffalo’s alternative news weekly


  • Bruce Kershner Award to Jay Burney

Leadershipin preserving the natural heritage of our region

especially for his work on Times Beach Nature Preserve


LOCATION :  My Tomato Pie Restaurant 3085 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226

Northtown Plaza between Alberta Dr. and Niagara Falls Blvd.

TIME: Begins at 5:45pm and dinner buffet will be served at 6:30pm.

COST: Dinner is Dutch treat.  It will be a dinner buffet with vegetarian options and cost approximately $25 including tax and gratuity.


Please RSVP by May 3rd. You can either e-mail

 or call Larry at 716-634-8715.   Hope to see you there!

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SAVE THE DATE!!!   This is always a fun event where you are able to meet fellow Sierrans, Executive Committee members and this year’s award recipients.  All are invited.  The dinner is being held My Tomato Pie Restaurant 3085 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226 which is located in the Northtown Plaza between Alberta Dr. and Niagara Falls Blvd.  The function will begin at 5:45pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Dinner is Dutch treat.  It will be a buffet style and cost approx. $25 including tax and gratuity.

Please RSVP by April 25th. You can either e-mail <> or call Larry at 716-634-8715.   Hope to see you there!

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Spring Into Nature Event


Please join fellow Sierrans as we “Spring Into Nature” at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. 1101 Casey Rd. Basom, NY 14013

(585) 948-5445

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, to welcome spring back to the swamp, will be held on Saturday April 26 from 9 AM – 4PM. There will be activities throughout the day for the entire family including nature related exhibits, hands-on activities for the kids, and live birds of prey. Come and meet Puddles, a blue goose that is the refuge mascot. Speakers will be addressing such topics as water level management, invasive species and mussels. Purchase food from vendors or bring a picnic lunch. Come for all or part of the day but join us at the Sierra Club table for a picnic lunch at noon. All activities are FREE.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Vicky Southall at (subject line – Iroquois) or 585 704-6307.

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